Deirdre A. Quinn, PhD, MSc, MLitt, is a Research Health Scientist and Core Investigator at the Center for Health Equity Research & Promotion (CHERP) at VA Pittsburgh Healthcare System and an Assistant Professor of Medicine at the University of Pittsburgh. She received her PhD in family science from the University of Maryland School of Public Health, where her research explored individual-, family-, and community-level influences on sexual and reproductive health. Dr. Quinn's early graduate work aimed to better inform interventions to reduce unintended teen pregnancy by exploring the role of social support in teen mothers' maintenance of contraception over time and identifying relational factors that influence teen mothers' postpartum contraceptive choices. Her dissertation examined how emerging adults' religiosity, attitudes about sex, and sexual risk and protective behaviors are associated with early-life family modeling of religiosity and family communication about sex. Since beginning her postdoctoral fellowship in women's health at CHERP, Dr. Quinn has focused her research lens on advancing the quality and equity of reproductive health and healthcare for women Veterans. She has been awarded two competitive pilot awards: the first to examine severe maternal morbidity and maternal mortality among women Veterans, and the second to assess the feasibility and acceptability of pharmacist-led hormonal contraceptive prescribing and 12-month contraceptive dispensing at VA. When she isn't working, Dr. Quinn can most likely be found reading or baking!
Quinn, D.A., Mor, M.K., Sileanu, F.S., Zhao, X., Callegari, L., Frayne, D., Zephyrin, L., & Borrero, S. (2021). Measuring women Veterans’ prepregnancy wellness using Veterans Administration Health Record Data. Obstetrics & Gynecology, 137(3): 471-480. doi: 10.1097/AOG.0000000000004293. PMID: 33543894.
Quinn, D.A., Sileanu, F., Zhao, X., Mor, M.K., Judge-Golden, C., Callegari, L., & Borrero, S. (2020). History of unintended pregnancy and patterns of contraceptive use among racial and ethnic minority women Veterans. American Journal of Obstetrics & Gynecology, 223(4). doi:10.1016/j.ajog.2020.02.042. PMID: 32142832. PMCID: 7528209.
Quinn, D.A. and Lewin, A. (2020). Family-level factors associated with emerging adults’ HPV vaccine behavior. Journal of American College Health, 68(5): 528-535. doi:10.1080/07448481.2019.1583240. PMID: 30908148.
Quinn, D.A. and Lewin, A. (2019). Family religiosity, parental monitoring, and emerging adults’ sexual behavior. Religions, 10(2). doi: 10.3390/rel10020114.
Quinn, D.A., Mitchell, S.J., & Lewin, A. (2017). The role of teen mothers’ support relationships in maintenance of contraceptive use. Journal of Pediatric and Adolescent Gynecology, 30(1): 35-40. doi: 10.1016/j.jpag.2016.08.008. PMID: 27565409.